NXT tops AEW Title Tuesday in viewership, 18-49 demo

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2023/10/11/nxt-tops-aew-title-tuesday-in-viewership-18-49-demo/

The NXT and AEW showdown from Tuesday saw NXT win the night in terms of overall viewership and key demographics.

With their first head-to-head battle since the same time last year, NXT pulled out all the stops including appearances by John Cena, The Undertaker, Cody Rhodes, and Paul Heyman.

The result was 921,000 viewers and 396,000 (0.30) in the 18-49 demographic and was the third most-watched episode of NXT to ever air on the USA Network. This represented a 7% bump in viewers and a 37% increase in the demo from last Tuesday’s show.

AEW countered on its unfamiliar night with Title Tuesday including Adam Copeland’s first match with the promotion and multiple titles matches. The show averaged 609,000 viewers and 346,000 (0.26) in the 18-49 demographic. The combination of the NXT competition and the unfamiliar night led to Dynamite dropping 24% in viewership but only a 5% decrease in the demo. (Data courtesy: Wrestlenomics.com)

NXT ranked #5 among sports programming on Tuesday behind two MLB playoff games and the start of the NHL season with Chicago vs. Pittsburgh on ESPN. AEW Title Tuesday ranked #7. Both wrestling shows aired against the Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers, which ranked first with 4,139,000 viewers and 0.88 in the demo on Fox. (Sports TV Ratings)

NXT won across the board with the 18-49 demographic seeing the WWE side top AEW with males (266,000 to 246,000) and females (130,000 to 100,00).

NXT averaged 155,000 among adults 18-34 while AEW attracted 137,000 in the demo. The narrowest category was among women in this demo where NXT edged out Dynamite with 44,000 to 42,000 for AEW.

Adults 35-49 saw NXT average 241,000 to 209,000 for Dynamite with NXT topping AEW in males with 155,000 to 152,000 in another close race.

Last year’s head-to-head battle on Tuesday, October 18 saw AEW average 752,000 viewers and 339,000 (0.26) in the demo while NXT did 676,000 viewers and 239,000 (0.18) in the demo.

Wrestlenomics reported on the quarter-hours where NXT won every segment in overall viewers and peaked with 991,000 viewers for the opening quarter featuring Cody Rhodes, Dominik Mysterio, Rhea Ripley, and Ilja Dragunov against AEW’s opening with Christian Cage and Bryan Danielson vs. Swerve Strickland at 731,000 viewers, which was AEW’s highest quarter of the show.

In the 18-49 demographic, AEW only won the quarter from 8:30 – 8:45 p.m. ET with the ending of Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Chris Jericho, Adam Cole’s video with Roderick Strong and The Kingdom, and the start of Orange Cassidy vs. Rey Fenix with 400,000 viewers compared to NXT’s 360,000 for the Pub Fight and Becky Lynch/Lyra Valkryia video package.

The high point in 18-49 for NXT was 433,000 for the second quarter with Asuka vs. Roxanne Perez and the start of the Pub Fight while AEW peaked with the third quarter mentioned above.

NXT had an eight-minute overrun with the ending of Carmelo Hayes vs. Bron Breakker and The Undertaker’s appearance that added 11% in viewers from the last quarter and 13% in the demo.

AEW aired until 10:14 p.m. ET with five minutes unopposed for the ending of Adam Copeland vs. Luchasaurus and added 8% in viewers from the prior quarter but dropped 2% in the demo.

In Canada, Dynamite averaged 127,400 viewers and 56,500 in the 25-54 demographic and ranked #5 among sports programs on Wednesday behind three NHL games and the MLB playoffs. Dynamite was up by 7.5% in viewers and increased by 1% in the demo from last Wednesday. It was Dynamite’s most-watched episode in Canada since August 30.

NXT did air on Sportsnet 360 until Midnight ET with the show streaming live on Sportsnet Now, which we don’t have data from.

AEW did very well in the demo versus that loaded NXT show. Was a great nice of viewership for both sides

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As I’ve said before, there was absolutely no reason NXT should have lost, given the star power they loaded the show up with.

Glad at the very least AEW did very well in the demo. Hopefully back to their regular slot next week, they’ll get back to their regular audience.


I shouldn’t have looked at the Twitter discourse, huge mistake on my part.


Glad the head to head is over, I used to love the “Wednesday Night Wars” when I was just listening to the podcast. Unfortunately wrestling fans have ruined it for me with their tribalism.

Exactly…I hate how fans on both sides act when it comes to this type of thing. I cannot not stress how much I hate tribalism in wrestling.


They go lower than that with attacking each other personally and name-calling. It’s pathetic.

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Tony just defended his product. He’s passionate.

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He’s doing nothing different than Vince, Bischoff and Heyman before him all did. And I’m glad he’s doing it.

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Why would you do that to yourself? Lol :laughing::laughing::laughing::blush:

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I love that Jericho’s segment was the only one that beat NXT. Still the demo god!


A strange game. The only way to win is not to play.

AEW promotes the hell out of a show at an off time slot and does an unremarkable number.

WWE loads up a show like it’s Wrestlemania week and does a relatively unremarkable number.


That’s why I said, this is a loose-loose.

Wtf. Is he high?


That is so fucking embarrassing. As if the “RATED R SUPERSTAR” didn’t wrestle in front of a much smaller crowd on the same night. Talk about grasping at straws.

I’m at a loss for words as to why he would feel the need to tweet that. This is like some heel who loses a wrestling match and then as a heel makes excuses for why the other guy won. Like is he bringing out a Mr. Khan character? Kiss my ass club?

I really don’t get why you would take shots at Cena and undertaker like that when they just beat your show. How about taking shots at Edge and how many fans showed up to see his match?

I think it’s hilarious and Tony is being a promoter. I don’t think anyone should take his tweets like this seriously.


How is this a good job of promoting in all seriousness? Wasting time talking about the other show that had the bigger stars? Does he really think wrestling fans want to see him take shots at legends like John Cena and the undertaker?

I mean not that he will but you really want triple H to ask when is the last time edge performed in front of a crowd that size?

It’s promoting and getting more awareness, which is what promoters do. Bischoff challenged Vince to a fight on PPV before - wrestling promoters do weird stuff.

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This is who Tony is, he acts like a fan. We’ve seen the downside of this (ie. Punk) and we’ve seen the upside (ie. talent loving to work for him). Is what it is at this point.

As an AEW fan, it is embarrassing though. But when the bar for promoters is as low as it is, it’s not like he has a high standard to live up to.